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HARPERCOLLINSPUBLISHERS

FOREIGN RIGHTS GUIDE

William Morrow

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BEA 2013

*Indicates a new addition to the list since London 2013

Fiction

Benson, Angela



DELILAH’S DAUGHTERS

For fans of the Oscar-winning Dream Girls, comes a story of family and the pursuit of stardom from national bestselling author Angela Benson. Delilah Monroe and her husband Rocky dream of their three daughters making it big in show business as a musical trio. After Rocky’s death, Delilah’s determination is even stronger. But the daughters--Roxanne, Veronica and Alisha--have their own plans and embark on different paths, only to find that the price of fame might be more than they’re willing to give. An inspirational family drama, DELILAH’S DAUGHTERS showcases Angela Benson as one of the strongest voices in African-American women’s fiction today. William Morrow Paperbacks


Publication: February 2014 (CB)

Estimated length: 368 pages

Manuscript available: June 2013
Burley, John

THE ABSENCE OF MERCY

This unput-downable first novel—I finished it in a day—will send chills down your spine. A taut psychological thriller, THE ABSENCE OF MERCY delves into the hearts and minds of a variety of characters in a small Ohio town, and pushes the boundaries of our understanding of the lengths a parent will go to protect their child.” -- Alice LaPlante, New York Times bestselling author of TURN OF MIND

From an exciting new voice in suspense, and in the vein of Harlan Coben and William Landay, a wrenching and twisted psychological novel about a doctor and father in a small town who weighs the need to catch a killer against his fears for his family’s safety. This chilling debut is set in the peaceful town of Wintersville, Ohio, safe from the crime and congestion of city life, and the perfect place to raise a family. Life as the town medical examiner is relatively unhurried for Dr. Ben Stevenson. With only a smattering of cases—car accident victims, death by natural causes—he has plenty of time to spend with his loving wife and two sons. That is, until a teenager’s body is discovered in the woods and Ben is assigned to the case. As the increasingly animalistic attacks continue, the case challenges Ben in ways he never suspects. John Burley is an emergency medicine physician, and this is his first novel. First in 2-book contract.Willam Morrow Paperbacks

Rights sold: Germany/VGS
Pulication: December 2013 (CB)

Estimated length: 352 pages

Galley available
Cabot, Meg

THE BRIDE WORE SIZE 12

If you’ve only read Ms. Cabot’s young adult books, you’re missing out. Size 12 and Ready to Rock showcases her witty, humorous, and keen ability to craft an effective and engrossing mystery. There are shades of Sophia Kinsella and Chelsea Handler in this thoroughly light-hearted, but definitely not lightweight story.” - New York Journal of Books

Bag the tiara and get out the gun ... Cabot delivers Heather’s amateur sleuthing adventures in a rapid-fire narrative that may leave some readers begging for time-outs to control sudden laughing fits.” –Publishers Weekly
#1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot continues her fabulously funny New Adult series featuring the outrageous Heather Wells, the former pop star turned detective. Another mystery is rocking one of New York’s best universities, bringing more mayhem to campus. But this time the killer may get closer than ever before. Meg Cabot’s distinctive, lively voice and fresh, original characters make her stand out and this fourth book in the series will expand her fan base even wider. William Morrow Paperbacks

SIZE 12 IS NOT FAT sold: Chinese (complex)/Taiten Electric; Czech/BBart; Dutch/Arena; French/Albin Michel; German/Blanvalet; Hungarian/Cicero; Indonesian/PT Gramedia; Japanese/Tokyo Sogensha; Lithuanian/Alma; Polish/Amber; Portuguese (Brazil)/Record; Portuguese (Portugal)/Aletheia; Russian/AST; Romanian/Humanitas; Serbian/Alnari; Spanish/Planeta; Swedish/Damm; Thai/Amarin; Turkish/Artemis; UK/Macmillan; Vietnamese/Phuong Nam

Publication: September 2013 (CB)

Estimated length: 304 pages

Manuscript available
Carter, Michaela

FURTHER OUT THAN YOU THOUGHT

A gritty debut novel by Pushcart Prize nominee and poet, Michaela Carter. A disheartened dancer/stripper, Gwen learns she is pregnant just as the city around her erupts into violence. As the LA riots of 1992 spiral out of control, Gwen must confront her bohemian, free-spirited boyfriend, Leo, while confiding in her terminally-ill friend, Valiant. With fire threatening to burn down their city, the trio escape to Mexico, where Gwen learns how to reclaim her life and start afresh as an expecting mother. Told in a sharp, gripping voice, the language surprises and illuminates, as it addresses themes of identity and adulthood in the face of crisis. William Morrow Paperbacks


Publication: June 2014 (MT)

Estimated length: 300 pages

Manuscript available: August 2013
Condit, Sonja

STARTER HOUSE

A ghost story in the tradition of Joe Hill’s HEART SHAPED BOX: suspenseful, witty, beautifully told, with characters you’ll remember long after you turn the last page. Lacey Miszlak grew up homeless; her crazy mother dragged her from one terrible living situation to the next. But now she thinks the pieces of her life have finally come together. She’s pregnant with her first child and she and her husband Eric have moved into the home of their dreams. She knows soon its beautiful sunlit rooms will be filled with the joy of the new family she will build there. But there’s a strange darkness on the stairway and an odd little boy who won’t leave Lacey alone. Soon Lacey is forced to realize that a danger she never suspected is lurking in the hallways of her beautiful new home. She’s going to have to solve a decades-old mystery to save her family from an evil that has lingered in wait for them for years. Sonja Condit received her MFA from Converse College, where she studied with Robert Olmstead, Leslie Pietrzyk, R.T. Smith, and Marlin Barton. Her short fiction has appeared in Shenandoah Magazine, among other publications. William Morrow

Rights sold: UK/Corvus/Atlantic

Publication: January 2014 (JS)

Estimated length: 384 pages

Manuscript available

Crownover, Jay



*RULE: A Marked Men Novel

This is the first of a three-book acquisition from Amazon bestselling author Jay Crownover who delivers an edgy and emotional story about the wrong guy, and the girl who has spent her life wanting him. Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer since the first moment she laid eyes on him, but he only saw her as a spoiled brat with a haughty attitude who had been his deceased twin brother’s girlfriend. As much as Shaw loved Rule’s brother, Remy Archer, there was nothing romantic between them. Remy had a carefully guarded secret that he only shared with Shaw. Rule is still hurting from Remy’s death, and keeps his distance from his mother who blames him for his brother’s accident. Tattooed and body-pierced, Rule doesn’t seem the sort of guy Shaw should be attracted to. She also has disapproving parents and a possessive ex boyfriend. But Shaw is tied to Rule’s family and they eventually forge an uneasy alliance, until one night when Shaw has too many cocktails. Suddenly life long secrets are no longer hidden, and Rule seems obtainable as long as Shaw is willing to go through hell to hold onto him. Coming soon are JET and ROME, with characters we’ve met in RULE William Morrow Paperbacks


Rights sold: UK/HarperCollins UK
E-Publication: May 2013 (RULE) and June 2013 (JET) Jan 2014 (ROME) (CB)

Print Publication: Fall 2013

Estimated length: 384 pages

Manuscript available

Fishman, Zoe

DRIVING LESSONS

Author of BALANCING ACTS and SAVING RUTH, Zoe Fishman’s latest novel is the smart, charming and utterly reltable story of three women whose lives intersect as they each attempt to balance work and life changes while transitioning into motherhood. In DRIVING LESSONS, Sarah and her husband escape from New York city to Farmwood, Virginia, ready to live a quiet, country life and conceive their first child. Meanwhile, Sarah’s best friend, Mona, who has always wanted children, learns she has cervical cancer. As Sarah returns to New York to care for her ailing friend, the two also confront Sarah’s younger, seemingly perfect sister-in-law who has just given birth to a baby boy. A heartwarming story of friendship, sisterhood, motherhood and life’s pivotal moments, from a fresh, new voice in women’s contemporary fiction. William Morrow Paperbacks

BALANCING ACTS sold:  Dutch/Uitgeverij Arena; German/Ullstein; Italian/Sperling & Kupfer; Polish/Proszynski I S-ka
Publication:  April 2014                                                                          (CB)

Estimated length:  384 pages

Manuscript available
Giovanni, Nikki

CHASING UTOPIA

A new collection—her first in four years—from one of America’s most celebrated poets and award-winning poets, Nikki Giovanni, whose poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements and inspired songs, turned hearts and informed generations. She’s been hailed as a national treasure, but her heart resides in the everyday where family and lovers gather, friends commune, and those sacrificed are remembered. And at every gathering there is food, food as sustenance, food as aphrodesiac, food as memory. “In Still Life with Apron” a lover requests a banquet as an affirmation of ongoing passion, and an homage is paid to the most time-honored appetizer, soup. With CHASING UTOPIA, Nikki Giovanni demands that the prosaic—flowers, birdsong, winter—be seen as poetic and reaffirms once again why she is as relevant as ever. William Morrow


Publication: November 2013 (JS)

Estimated length: 100 pages

Manuscript available
Gore, Steven

A CRIMINAL DEFENSE: A Harlan Donnally Novel

Masterful.... Sharp, smart writing and convincing economic detail put this in the front rank of genre fiction.”  — Publishers Weekly (starred review) for FINAL TARGET

Following the publication of ACT OF DECEIT, the first book in Steven Gore’s thrilling series featuring the compelling hero detective Harlan Donnally, comes the second book, A CRIMINAL DEFENSE. Donnally has been retired and running a small café north of San Francisco. When Mark Hamlin, a lawyer with a slimy reputation, is found murdered, Donnally is unwittingly pulled back into the fray because Hamlin left a note to call Donnally if anything happened to him. Donnally quickly starts to review years of crimes, drug trafficking, corrupt government officials, and money laundering to unravel this bizarre murder. As he follows the money to unlock the mystery, tensions rise and it becomes obvious that everything is more complicated than it seems. Mass Market

Publication: August 2013 (CB)

Estimated length: 352 pages

Manuscript available
Harbour, Katherine

THORNJACK

A spectacular, modern retelling of the Scottish legendary figure Tam Lin, from an amazing new voice that will appeal to the many fans of Neil Gaiman, Donna Tartt, and Cassandra Clare. Fleeing the memories of her sister’s suicide, Finn Sullivan and her father move to an upstate New York town filled with socialites, hippies, actors and artists, where Finn meets the mysterious—and devastatingly handsome—Jack Fata. But the town and its denizens are far more than they seem, for both good and evil, and attention from the Fata family brings dangerous consequences. Harper Voyager


Publication: May 2014 (CB)

Estimated length: 384 pages

Manuscript available

Jackson, Joshilyn


SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY

Wrapped in thoughtful, often funny and insightful narrative . . . Jackson presents the reader with a story that is never predictable and is awash in bittersweet love, regret and the promise of what could be. A surprising novel, both graceful and tender. You won’t be able to put it down.” KIRKUS (starred review)

SOMEONE ELSE’S LOVE STORY is Joshilyn Jackson at her very best: funny, fierce, and full of redemption… brilliant structure, serious theology, and parallel love stories, whose resolutions are - in the spirit of Flannery O’Connor - both utterly surprising and utterly inevitable. This is the sort of book that will have you laughing out loud one moment and swallowing back tears the next.” - Susan Rebecca White, author of A SOFT PLACE TO LAND.

Intense, smart, and funny, Joshilyn Jackson’s addictive latest is an emotionally powerful story about fate, faith, and the family we find in unexpected places.” - Eleanor Brown, NYT bestselling author of The Weird Sisters

Shandi Pierce fell hard for William Ashe the first minute she saw him in a gas station minimart, but when he jeopardized his own life to save her son, she knew she was in love. It seemed like any other ordinary hot summer day. Twenty-something, single mom Shandi Pierce, her three-year-old son Natty, and her best friend Walcott stopped for gas at a convenience store. While Walcott fills the tank, Shandi and Natty go inside the store for a cold drink. Shandi is in line, eyeing a hot blond guy, when the door opens and a stumpy man with a baseball cap pulled low over his forehead walks in. In his hand is a rusty, old silver pistol. Minutes later there’s been a shooting, and everyone in the store is on the floor, taken hostage. This is how Shandi and William first meet, and while Shandi is understandably in awe of William after he protects Natty from the shooter, it is William’s own love story with the wife and child he lost that forms the backbone to SOMEONE ELSE’S LOVE STORY. As William’s story is interwoven with Shandi’s, what emerges is a tale of hope and faith in the goodness of others, one that will make readers laugh out loud and cry at the same time. New York Times bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson lives in Georgia with her husband and their two children. She is the author of five award winning novels, including GODS IN ALABAMA, BACKSEAT SAINTS, and most recently, A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY. William Morrow

Rights sold: Portuguese (Brazil)/Novo Conceito
Publication: December 2013 (JS)

Estimated length: 320 pages

ARE available
Jance, J.A.

SECOND WATCH

From New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance comes a new mystery featuring fan favorite J.P. Beaumont, in which the Seattle P.I. discovers some dead bodies won’t stay buried. Beaumont is getting old, and finally having knee replacement surgery. But a series of dreams brings him back to his early days on the force and then, even earlier, to his days in Vietnam. Drug induced hallucinations might be the cause of these flashbacks, but these haunting visitors from his past lead him into current complications where the dead bodies from the Second Watch won’t stay buried. William Morrow


LONG TIME GONE sold: Czech/BBart; Portuguese (Brazil)/Sedna; UK/HarperCollins UK
Publication: September 2013 (CB)

Estimated length: 352 pages

Manuscript available
Jenkins, Beverly

HEART OF GOLD

NAACP Image Award nominee and bestselling author Beverly Jenkins returns with this contemporary novel on family and friendship, the fifth in a series centered on the town of Henry Adams. Curtis Patterson is known as the town hermit, often threatening uninvited guests with a shotgun. Patterson’s troubles remind Zoey of her time as a homeless woman. As a result, Zoey does her best to show compassion towards the old man, leaving him gifts such as an apple or newspaper. When Patterson dies, he leaves Zoey a suitcase full of gold. What initially seems like a blessing begins to cause trouble amongst her family and friends. Now Zoey must determine which she values more—her new fortune or her friends and family. William Morrow Paperbacks

Publication:  February 2014 (CB)

Estimated length:  336 pages

Manuscript available: June 2013

Kaplan, Andrew


HOMELAND: Carrie’s Run

The Emmy Award winning TV series Homeland is an edge-of-your-seat sensation. CIA officer Carrie Mathison is tops in her field despite being bipolar. Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody is both a decorated hero and a serious threat. The delicate dance these two complex characters perform, built on lies, suspicion, and desire, is at the heart of this gripping, emotional series. Our tie-in novel serves as a prequel to the show about Carrie’s life before Season One of the series. She’s having an affair with an agent in another country, where they are working together on a mission that goes wrong. The story sets her up as a flawed but sympathetic and fascinating character, and spy. Journalist Andrew Kaplan is the author of the novels SCORPION BETRAYAL and SCORPION WINTER. William Morrow Paperbacks


Rights sold: Dutch/Bruna; German/Heyne; Italian/Mondadori; Portuguese (Brazil)/Intrinseca; UK/ HarperCollins UK
Publication: September 2013 (CB)

Estimated length: 350 pages

Manuscript available
Kellerman, Faye

THE BEAST

A fantastic and creepy new installment in Faye Kellerman’s New York Times bestselling Decker/Lazarus series.

Over the years, Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus have got through a lot together. They’ve faced more than their share of serial killers and psychopaths. But this time two very different cases may cause them to revalute everything they hold dear. One case involves Gabe, the troubled boy they’ve taken into their home. The other is much stranger - a man is found dead in his apartment, apparently mauled by his pet tiger. There is more to each case than anyone expects. But will Decker’s family distractions finally prove too much? And when the truth comes out, will Rina and Peter’s family survive? Faye Kellerman is married to New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman. William Morrow

Rights sold: UK/HarperCollins UK (being published in the UK under the title PREDATOR)
GUN GAMES sold: German/btb, an imprint of Random House Germany
Publication: August 2013 (JS)

Estimated length: 384 pages

Manuscript available
Mansbach, Adam

THE DEAD RUN

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of GO THE F*CK TO SLEEP, comes a high concept supernatural thriller, mixing horror, action, and suspense into one blockbuster read. On both sides of the Mexican/American border, girls are going missing. As bodies surface, a small-town police chief faces an investigation worse than any he’s ever seen. Kidnapped teen Sherry Nicholls manages to escape, but freeing herself was the easy part. In a Mexican jail, Sherry’s unjustly imprisoned estranged father Galvan accepts a devil’s bargain: transport a sinister package for the prison’s infamous old man across the border in 24 hours, and he’ll be free and able to regain custody of his daughter. There are more than coyotes in the desert, and as ancient evils resurface, everyone must face their deepest terrors. Adam Mansbach’s novels include THE END OF THE JEWS, winner of the California Book Award, and the best-selling ANGRY BLACK WHITE BOY, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2005. He is a Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University. Harper Voyager


Publication: October 2013 (CB)

Estimated length: 304 pages

Galley available

Maynard, Joyce


AFTER HER

“…a master storyteller…a passionate humanist with a gifted ear and heart” – People Magazine on Labor Day

From the New York Times bestselling author of LABOR DAY and THE GOOD DAUGHTERS comes a new novel of family, friendship, and suspense. Based on actual events, the novel was inspired by the Trailside Killer who murdered at least 5 women in Marin County, CA in the late ‘70s – early ‘80s. Joyce Maynard takes this grisly backdrop as a jumping-off point for AFTER HER, a story of two sisters - Rachel and Patty - who live in the area when the “Sunset Strangler” starts his reign of terror, and whose father is the chief homicide detective charged with finding the killer. In true Maynard style we are let into the lives of the young girls as they grapple with the aftermath of their parents’ divorce and, as young women turn up dead, Rachel and Patty witness the sad defeat of their father who is never able to crack this one, career-destroying case. It is not till years later that Rachel, who has never given up hope of unmasking the killer and vindicating her father, finally smokes out the killer and brings him to justice. Joyce Maynard has been a reporter for the New York Times, a magazine journalist, radio commentator, and syndicated columnist, as well as the author of six novels and four books of nonfiction. Her bestselling memoir, AT HOME IN THE WORLD, has been translated into eleven languages. Her novel LABOR DAY, adapted for film by Academy Award nominated director Jason Reitman and starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, and Tobey Maguire, will be released as follows: limited release December 15, 2013, expanded January 10, 2014 and widely January 31, 2014. William Morrow

Rights sold: Dutch/Orlando; French/Editions Philippe Rey; Polish/Muza
LABOR DAY sold: Chinese, (complex)/Azoth Books; Czech/Euromedia; Dutch/Signatuur; Estonian/ Ajakirjade Kirjastus; French/Philippe Rey; German/Goldmann; Hebrew/Matar; Hungarian/Pécsi Direkt; Italian/Piemme; Japanese/East Press; Norwegian/Silke Forlag; Polish/Muza; Portuguese (Brazil)/Rocco; Portuguese (Portugal)/Porto Editora; Russia/Azbooka; Slovak/Ikar; Spanish/Duomo
THE GOOD DAUGHTERS sold: Dutch/Orlando; French/Editions Philippe Rey; German/Goldmann; Portuguese (Brazil)/Rocco; Turkish/April Publishing
Publication: September 2013 (JS)

Estimated length:  320 pages

Galley available
McAdams, Molly

TAKING CHANCES (April 2013)

FROM ASHES (April 2013)

FORGIVING LIES (October 2013)

New York Times and Kindle bestselling New Adult author Molly McAdams delivers three fabulous books in a super hot genre, each about an irresistible love triangle. In TAKING CHANCES, eighteen-year-old Harper grew up under the firm grip of her career-Marine father. Ready to live life her own way, Harper arrives at college only to find herself torn between two men. Both are the sort of men she was warned to stay away from, but just what she desperately desires. In FROM ASHES, Cassidy Jameson follows her friend Tyler to college in Texas where she’s expecting his cowboy cousin, their new roommate, to be dull as dirt. Instead, he’s a gorgeous guy that seems to make the world stop whenever she looks at him. The message is made clear to Gage that Cassi is off limits, but there is something about her that makes Gage want to protect her. Shortly after they start a relationship they both crave, Cassi must return home, forcing her to face demons from her past…and sending her right back to Tyler’s arms. In FORGIVING LIES, Rachel and Kash, next door neighbors, try to remain friends, but the lines soon start to blur. The book is fun, pulpy, romantic, and impossible to put down. William Morrow Paperbacks
Rights sold: Hungarian/Konyvmolykepzo; Polish/Amber
Publication: April 2013 (CB)

Estimated length: 413 pages

Book available for first two books. Manuscript available for third book.

McConkey, Jess





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